Through the Africa Information Highway (AIH) program, the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) provided an Open Data Platform (ODP) to all African countries. The main objective of this initiative is to assist African countries to improve their data dissemination system and data submission system.
Given the success and importance of this program in Africa, IMF’s Executive Board in May 2015 adopted the new Enhanced General Data Dissemination System (e-GDDS) and recommended to use the ODP as the system to implement eGDDS in Africa.
An AfDB mission visited Rwanda and held a training during April 23-26, 2018, to assist focal points from different institutions which are concerned with the implementation of the Enhanced General Data Dissemination System (e-GDDS. The mission supported the site administration of the National Summary Data Page (NSDP), which is posted on the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda’s website, utilizing the Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange (SDMX).
Essential macroeconomic data through the new NSDP provide national policy makers and domestic and international stakeholders, including investors and rating agencies, with easy access to information that the international community has identified as critical for monitoring economic conditions and policies.
Making this information easily accessible in both human and machine-readable formats, in one place, and according to an Advance Release Calendar, will allow all users to have simultaneous access to timely data and will bring greater data transparency. This NSDP is so implemented at the top of Rwanda Open Data platform provided by the African Development Bank through the Africa Information Highway initiative.
The NSDP is expected to give users access to full information about Rwanda’s essential macroeconomic, and social demographic data.
By: Jean Paul TUGIRIMANA
NISR/ Communications Officer